Spooner Sets Meet Record in 3,200 Me­ters

The Washington Post Sunday - - High Schools - By Carl Lit­tle

Al­though the warm sun brought a wel­come respite from the cold to most peo­ple in the area yes­ter­day, it proved harsh to West Spring­field’s Mike Spooner at the 34-team Allen John­son In­vi­ta­tional. While toil­ing in the 3,200 me­ters, the All-Met run­ner said he re­peat­edly licked his lips, only to have them dry out as quickly as he could wet them.

De­spite the heat and a parched throat, Spooner emerged vic­to­ri­ous in a meet record 9 min­utes 9.87 sec­onds, out­dis­tanc­ing run­ner-up Brian Landry of Jef­fer­son by 25 sec­onds at Lake Brad­dock High in Burke. Spooner said the key to run­ning Vir­ginia’s fastest 3,200 time this sea­son could be found in what he’d been study­ing in his wildlife re­cre­ation class.

“We’ve been go­ing over the weather and how when a cold front comes through, a warm front fol­lows it,” Spooner said. “I knew with the weather we’d been hav­ing, it was go­ing to get pretty hot. I think the most im­por­tant part of me be­ing able to sur­vive to­day was hy­dra­tion.”

Manch­ester of Rich­mond won the team cham­pi­onship with a com­bined boys’ and girls’ to­tal of 100.5 points, ahead of Os­bourn Park (89) and West­field (87.5). Os­bourn Park had the top girls’ team score (76) and Manch­ester had the top boys’ score (69).

Sev­eral sprint­ers were able to take ad­van­tage of the warm weather. The 400 had three ath­letes fin­ish in less than 50 sec­onds, with Lee se­nior Sean Hol­ston blaz­ing to vic­tory in a meet-record 46.55. Hol­ston also won the 200 in 21.07, an­other meet record. His 200 time cur­rently is the fastest in the na­tion, ac­cord­ing to DyeS­tat.com.

The 800 fea­tured a highly an­tic­i­pated show­down be­tween Wash­ing­ton-Lee se­nior Chris Tyson and Gon­zaga se­nior Aaron Tay­lor. Tyson led af­ter 300 me­ters, but Tay­lor surged with 200 me­ters left and edged Tyson at the fin­ish line in 1:56.61.

On the girls’ side, Cen­tre­ville’s Brit­tni Finch won the 200 (25.02) af­ter shat­ter­ing the meet long jump record with a leap of 19 feet 2.25 inches. Brooke Point’s April Sin­kler was sec­ond in the long jump but topped Finch in the triple jump. Sin­kler went 38-6, more than a foot farther than Finch, and won the high jump (5-6).

West Spring­field se­nior Trish Friederich was an­other dou­ble event win­ner. She ri­fled through the 100 hur­dles in 14.6 be­fore tack­ling the 300 hur­dles in 44.41.

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